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Aspiritech’s leadership team is committed to being a business with a mission. We strive to create a kind and progressive work environment where our team members can reach their full potential. We believe that by creating a space where innovation and people thrive, our clients and organization will thrive right along with them.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Tara started as CEO of Aspiritech in April 2022. Prior to joining Aspiritech, Tara was EVP of Media & Chief Digital Officer at Winsight as well as VP of Content and Product Strategy for Patch Media. She helped launch 900 hyperlocal sites for the AOL network as well as a digital reverse-published local news product for the Chicago Tribune.
Tara’s career is focused on using technology and product innovation to drive growth. She is a sought-after speaker on user experience and digital transformation. She’s overseen large and small teams with a focus on career development and leading with kindness. She resides in Lake County with her husband and teen and tween children. She is personally committed to embracing neurodiversity in all aspects of work and life.
After 30 years as a trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and 10 years serving in the Board of Directors at Aspiritech, Brad proudly joined the company to build the client base and help Aspiritech grow its employment mission.
Brad is also owner of Surfside Palmas Resorts, a rental management and development company in Puerto Rico since 2015. He also has served on several educational boards including District 112 Foundation and is a Trustee of the Palmas Academy.
Winston Tsao joined Aspiritech from a history of working in startups as well as in Fortune 500 companies. With a deep passion for technology and curiosity to learn new tools and new ideas, he gained deep technical knowledge by solving interesting problems in a wide variety of industries.
In his early career, Winston had performed UL certification testing on TV power supplies; coded user interface for set-top boxes; developed interactive e-learning programs and learning management systems; developed e-commerce websites and web applications. Later, he led highly productive, multidisciplinary teams of developers, designers, and testers for websites and application development; guided digital teams to execute successful digital deployments, social engagements, and PPC campaigns; led developers, data scientists, and data engineers that built and maintained data warehouse for millions of products and customers; launched application platforms for on-demand and interactive video streaming applications. He was involved in enterprise applications development and integrations, deployed fault-tolerant and high-availability cloud infrastructures, worked closely with creative services, sales, and marketing departments. Winston will use his experience and optimistic personality to guide Asipiritech to expand new skills and valuable service to provide neurodiverse team members additional opportunities.
Nick is joining Aspiritech with 10 years of Human Resources experience at hospitality and healthcare organizations, most recently as the Director of Human Resources for Dyer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He holds a Senior Certified Professional certification from the Society for Human Resources Management and has a BA in English from Illinois Wesleyan University. Nick has a passionate employee-centric approach to HR leadership and hopes to make Aspiritech a trendsetting example of what it means to be a people-first organization. He believes that an organization’s greatest asset is its team members and when those people are also the mission, there is no better place to work.
Cara has more than 25 years of experience in Program and Product Management. She is highly experienced in leading large-scale, highly innovative projects, working collaboratively with stakeholders and development teams, managing complex organizations, building interdepartmental relationships, developing marketing strategies, managing budgets, and solving complex problems. She has 9 children and lots of grandchildren and in her spare time, she loves gardening, kayaking, snow skiing, jogging, boating, and fishing.
Julie joined the Aspiritech team in January 2019. She has a breadth of experience in corporate finance and not-for-profit management and leadership. She is committed to sustaining the organization’s mission through its financial health. She oversees the overall accounting functions at Aspiritech in addition to collaborating with the management team on yearly forecasting and budgeting. She is also responsible for coordinating the financial audit and providing reporting to the Aspiritech Board of Directors.
Julie has long been passionate about being an advocate for neurodiversity in the workplace and celebrating the strengths and contributions of neurodivergent individuals to all of society.
Reanin joined the Aspiritech Employment Support Specialist team in June 2018. She has years of counseling experience in various mental health settings working with individuals of all ages, as well as facilitating small therapeutic groups. Having obtained her master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Adler University in Chicago, Reanin has extensive experience working with individuals with AS for over 12 years providing coaching in social skills & executive functioning, and communication assistance. Currently, managing a team of 5 Employment Support Specialists at Aspiritech, she brings knowledge from her experience to each individual in the office, to best meet their needs and level of support to become independent and successful employees. Promoting personal wellness and autonomy, Reanin facilitates meditation groups and discussion groups to assist with social engagement & enrichment in the lives of participating adults with AS.
Jennifer is the program manager for Aspiritech’s Accessibility program line. She is focused on building and training a team to grow this important initiative both at Aspiritech and in the world at large. She is a passionate believer in digital access for all people and advocates for the business case and more importantly the human case of accessibility and inclusion on the web. She has spent her career working with children and adults on the autism spectrum or with traumatic brain injury as a behavior analyst, clinical service provider, and researcher at Stanford University.
Justin joined Aspiritech in 2018. He formerly worked out of the Chicago office training and developing many of Aspiritech’s future analysts and managers. Now in a remote setting, he manages a team that uses established QA methods to help existing and new clients develop or maintain software to the highest quality. As a manager, Justin uses a people-focused approach to building cohesive teams that can deliver results.
Board of Directors
Director of Corporate Reimbursement, Abbott;
Michael P. Duff, Jr.,
Executive Director, Technology Engineering and Execution, CME Group;
Digital Innovation and Transformation Leader, Accenture;
Alan Berkowitz, Retired;
Managing Partner at Stairway Ventures
Janice Block Chaddock,
Retired Global Education Executive
Retired from the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
Executive Chairman; Strategic Advisor; Board Member; Mentor
Diverse Partner Development at Microsoft
Maureen Dunne, Ph.D.,
Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Autism Angels Group
Head of Digital Banking Technology, JP Morgan Chase Consumer and Community Banking
Retired Senior Technology Executive
Rachelle Jervis Chopra,
President and CEO, Executive Service Corps
Rachel Loftin, Ph.D.,
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Digital Transformation Architect
Rappaport Reiches Capital Management
Beverly Shapiro, LCSW,
Retired from JCFS
Founder and CEO, Stride Autism Centers